This last second full court play can be run when you have about :05 seconds or more left on the clock and you need to go the full length of the court. It’s effective if you have a player capable of penetrating the defense and making a quick decision whether to shoot or pass.
Players start as shown in the diagram. O4 should be the best passer. O1 is point guard or best penetrator. O2 and O3 are good shooters. O5 is a good rebounder and finisher at the basket.
When the official hands the basketball O4, O1, O2, and O3 take a couple of steps away and then break hard to the ball. O4 will make the pass to O1.
O1 will immediately turn and dribble to the lane area. If open and able, he can look to get in for a layup or pull-up jumper. If stopped on his drive, he can pass down to O5 who is breaking to the basket on the drive. O1 can also kick out to either O2 or O3 for a jump shot.
Any players not shooting should attack the offensive glass for a possible putback before time expires.